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Edmonton's top cop orders hearing for officer seen hitting woman in head

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Edmonton's top cop orders hearing for officer seen hitting woman in head

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The incident made headlines last spring, when newspaper photos showed Kristin Wilson of Vernon, B.C., falling to the pavement and smashing her face after being arrested during an Oilers playoff game celebration.

The Calgary Crown prosecutors office was asked to review the Edmonton Police Service's internal investigation of the matter and decided earlier this month that there wasn't enough evidence for a criminal conviction against the officer.

Chief Crown prosecutor Gordon Wong also said the officer was using an approved police technique called a "head stun" to subdue Wilson.

The final decision on charges was left in the hands of Edmonton police Chief Mike Boyd.

Boyd said he accepted the recommendation that no criminal charges be laid but concluded there was sufficient evidence to require a hearing under the Police Act.

In such a hearing, "the threshold for determining misconduct is considerably lower" than in criminal court, the police service said in a news release.

Boyd has asked the Edmonton Police Commission to arrange for an external prosecutor and presiding officer for the hearing.

"In fairness to the officer, the complainant and all the stakeholders, the public hearing will provide the presiding officer and the community with an opportunity to hear the entire story from all involved."

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Edmonton's top cop orders hearing for officer seen hitting woman in head